music is created to be performed live. The show stage is usually crowded with
singers and dancers. They keep changing places, as one after the other takes a
turn at the mike. The music cycles and spirals with high-pitched jingly guitars
surfing the constantly shifting rhythms, while the dancers gyrate with vigor and
style. Everything pulses, as the sound projection flickering on and off with it.
It is basically the classical rumba, as well as a cutting edge African beat all
of its own. Though Africans are relatively poor, they spent a great portion of
their lives in search of the perfect music with which to celebrate their rich
culture. For many, music is all they have and their only means of relaxation.
Music inspires them; it lifts their spirits and either helps them forget the
realities and hardships of life or otherwise; gives them hope for good times in
the future. There is little argument about the talent of these musicians.
Werrason is Congo's biggest attraction, because he usually gives interactive
performances, which turn into glittering all night dancing extravaganzas,
lasting well over 10 hours at a time. His concerts draw over 200,000 people and
many more are usually turned away. This video was taken early in the morning
after an all night show. There was an argument that the new dance style where
women shake their behinds was spearheaded in the song “Crazy in love” by none
other than Beyonce. However, she admitted at her appearance on the Oprah Show
that she learned of it by watching African music videos. Here is proof of the
original dance. Now, you be the judge
It is not unusual each of the dancers to leave their mark.
Much of the excitement of live concerts is caught when the talent of each dancer
is showcased. The songs include extended “sebene” sections which last up to 15
and where every one is allowed to shine.